Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Fisker Karma is Here

The Fisker Karma hybrid sports car is finally here.  According to the Fisker Karma will be on a 26-state, 3-province, 42-city roadshow that hits Calgary on June 18th.  Production at the Valmet facility in Finland (Valmet manufactures some of Europe's highest-end vehicles for BMW and others) begins March 21st at the rate of 1500 per month, and delivery of the first of 3000 back-ordered $95,900, 403 horsepower vehicles will begin in April/May.  All the "first drive" reviews I've read have been uniformly excellent.  Mr. Henrik Fisker is the Danish Aston-Martin/BMW designer now living in southern California who has teamed up with Quantum Technologies Worldwide to build a new American sport sedan from the ground up, and succeeded brilliantly if these initial reviews are any indication.  From the twin electric rear motors to the dashboard real wood trim made from 300-year-old salvaged logs from the bottom of Lake Michigan, this eco-car could take the U.S. by storm (and QTWW's stock price with it).  All it took was a three year long campaign to raise a billion dollars from private investors, venture capitalists and an eco-loan from Obama - no small feat.  Move over, Toyota Prius, the California glitteratti will now be cruising Rodeo Drive in a Karma.